2013 Tax-free weekend and local back to school deals

Texans will be able to save the sales tax on most back-to-school items during tax-free weekend scheduled Friday through Sunday Aug. 9-11. For a complete list of tax-exempt items, click here.

The following is a list of back-to-school deals provided by local business owners: (The list will be updated, as businesses announce their deals.)

Barefoot Denton
Barefoot at 207 Elm St. will be offering 20 to 30 percent off during tax-free weekend.
For more information, visit the business’ Facebook page.

J.C. Penney
Friday Aug. 9 and Saturday Aug. 10 with extended store hours – store opens at 9 a.m. Saturday. Kids will receive $10 haircuts and $25 eyeglasses at all the stores’ salons and optical.

The store will offer a free Customization Kit with purchase of a new backpack or pair of sneakers. Each kit includes a variety of craft materials to doodle, embellish and stylize kids’ new shoes and backpacks. Follow #MakeItYours on Instagram and Twitter to see pictures of customer’s creations.

Some of the deals announced includes:  $7.99 for Arizona brand tees, juniors and guys (original price $14 – $16), $12.99 Arizona colored skinny jeans, juniors (original price $24) and $12.99 characters backpacks for kids (original price $30). Blockbuster deals begin 3 p.m. Friday to close time and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The store will also offer $20 off $100 purchase or more, $15 off $75 purchase or more, $10 off $50 purchase or more — on select apparel, shoes, accessories or fine jewelry.

For more information, visit http://www.jcpenney.com.

Fusion Hair Design
Offering 1/2 price kids haircuts (12 years and under) to anyone who donates school supplies. The staff will be collecting supplies to be donated to the Denton County Friends of the Family from  Aug. 13-23.  Walk in’s welcomed but, appointments are recommended. Fusion Hair Design is located at 1400 North Corinth St. Ste. 105 in Corinth. For more information, contact Angela Grubke at 940-497-6677.

Golden Triangle Mall
A listing of stores’ deals, including coupons for tax-free weekend.

Health Services of North Texas 
The nonprofit will be hosting its Back to School Essentials event at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10. The event is free. For a listing of events, click here.

Lincoln’s Mini Mall
Will has shirts starting at $7, jeans and shoes starting at $10.
For more information, visit the store’s Facebook page.

Rayzor Ranch Marketplace
Here is a full list of stores offering specials during tax-free weekend.

Recutz Barbershop
Free haircuts for students will be provided from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at 525 Fort Worth Drive, Suite 303. College students must show ID unless they are an existing client. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 214-306-3078.

Re-Jenesis Barbershop
The barbershop staff will host its annual Back to School Bash from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at 318 E. Oak St., Ste. 130. Free backpacks and school supplies will be given away to the first 50 students (16 and under). The back-to-school event also includes free haircuts, free food and entertainment. For more information, call 940-808-1280.

Staples will be hosting Teacher Appreciation Day to help teachers get the needed school supplies. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, the first 100 teachers (who are also Staples reward members) will receive a free shopping bag plus 20 percent back in Staples Rewards on everything they can fit in their bag, according to a company news release.

Teachers may also enter for a chance to win a $25 Staples gift card.

This event will take place at the Staples located at  2315 Colorado Blvd., in Suite 160.

Vista Ridge Mall
Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville will open earlier and close later to accommodate shoppers Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9, 10 and 11, the shopping center will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

During tax-free weekend, Vista Ridge Mall and Christian Community Action of Lewisville (CCA) will ask individuals to stop and donate to the nonprofit’s Apple Tree, a back-to-school program that provides qualifying area students with items needed for the beginning of the school year. Representatives from CCA will be available in the Food Court.

For information, visit www.vistaridgemall.com.

Find & Save
For Denton area local deals visit the Find & Save website.

More Fun Comics and Games will celebrate Worldwide Free Comic Day on May 4

More Fun Comics and Games in Denton will join other stores worldwide and celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4.

Free Comic Book Day is celebrated the first Saturday in May each year, when participating comic book shops give away comic books for free to anyone who comes into their stores. The activity began 12 years ago, retailer Joe Field, according to a press release.

Tim Stoltzfus, the owner of More Fun Comics and Games at 103 W Hickory St., said in a news statement, his store will have comics for children, teens, and adults that day.

More than 4.6 million free comic books are expected to be given away at more than 2,000 participating locations.

On Saturday, More Fun Comics will open at 11 a.m. and the first 20 people through the door will get a free goodie bag, according to a Facebook post. Each goodie bag will have a hardcover graphic novel and several free comics.

For more information, visit http://www.keithscomics.com.

Cinco de Mellow at Mellow Mushroom



Through Sunday, May 5, Denton’s Mellow Mushroom is hosting a “Most Interesting Man in the World” contest for a chance to win a trip for two to a destination in Mexico.

Participants need to stop by Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, take a photo with the Dos Equis ‘Most Interesting Man’ standee and upload their photo via Instagram. Participants can use the hashtag #CincoDeMellow.

Mellow Mushroom Denton is located at 217 E Hickory St.

For more information, call 940-323-1100 or visit www.CincoDeMellow.com.

Go Green With Bill Utter Ford will take place Saturday during Earth Day Weekend

Bill Utter Ford will host a Go Green Event on Saturday, April 20 as part of Earth Day Weekend. The dealership will be celebrating the Ford lineup of Electric and Hybrid vehicles. The day will include free seminars and a free lunch for those in attendance provided by The Cupboard Natural Foods, according to a press release.

The free seminars held throughout the day will include: a Ford Technology Seminar at 10 a.m. focusing on the Sync/My Ford Touch component, vehicle demonstrations with Ford technology trainer, Jason Dickens, and a presentation on owning an electric vehicle with Bill Utter Ford customer and Fusion Energi owner, Michael Combs.

Bill Utter Ford General Manager Carl Anderson in a news statement he thought Earth Day was a great time to focus on Ford’s movement toward more green vehicles and its new lineup of electric vehicles.

“These free seminars will help educate the public about electric vehicles and how the car market is changing with the developments of these new greener technologies,” he said.

Ford’s lineup of electric vehicles includes the Ford Fusion Energi, the Ford CMAX Energi and the Ford Focus Electric each rated at over 100 miles per equivalent gallon. The Ford Hybrid lineup includes the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Ford CMAX Hybrid which are rated at 47 miles per gallon.

Go Green with Bill Utter Ford is a free event and open to the public. Bill Utter Ford is located at 4901 S.-I35E. Bill Utter Ford was established in 1956 in Denton and will celebrate 57 years in Denton in May.

Earth Day 2013 is officially Monday, April 22.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Robson Ranch to celebrate 12th anniversary April 6

On Saturday, April 6, Robson Ranch, an active adult community will celebrate their 12 anniversary from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Model Village, 9501 Ed Robson Blvd.

The community will open their doors to the public and feature music, giveaways, treats and demos. Robson Ranch clubs and organizations will also host mini parties in various model homes.

In the past 12 years, Robson has grown to 1,500 homes and 2,700 residents, and has also added a creative arts center, community garden, dog park and softball fields, according to a press release said.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/RobsonRanchTexas.

HOSA Night March 20 at DoubleDave’s in Denton

DoubleDave’s Pizzaworks in Denton will host a fundraising event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today to help Texas Woman’s University’s chapter of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) raise money for various events, conferences and speaking engagements.

The restaurant is located at 220 W. University Drive, just minutes from TWU’s campus. Ten percent of all sales between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. will go to the local chapter, a press release said.

HOSA is a national organization with the mission to promote the education and welfare of its members through service and competition. Local members participate in health-related community service events, listen to speakers from various medical fields, compete in state and national competitions and earn HOSA scholarships, said Inioluwa Adedokun, historian and chair of the fundraising committee.

Dine-in, carry out and delivery orders will all count toward the fund-raising campaign. To place a carryout or delivery order, please call DoubleDave’s at 243-DAVE (3283) or go online to http://www.doubledaves.com.

SBA to offer Webinar Series promoting National Entreprenuership Week

The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of webinars in recognition of the 7th annual National Entrepreneurship Week to take place next week from Feb. 16 to Feb. 23.

The emphasis will be on how the next generation of small business owners can leverage crowdfunding as an alternative finance option to start and grow their businesses, the SBA said in a press release.

All webinars will take place daily at 2 p.m. (CST)

Webinar topics and presenters will be:

Jay Goth, Business Consultant
TriTech Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Topic: Crowdfunding – Pros and Cons
Tuesday, Feb. 19

Kevin Lehman, CEO and Co-Founder
Three Revolutions
Topic: Crowdfunding Innovation
Wednesday, Feb. 20

Ryan Finch, General Manager
Raleigh City Farm
Topic:  Kickstarting an Urban Farm
Thursday, Feb. 21


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For more information about the National Entreprenuership Week, visit http://www.entre-week.org/.


Flu clinic in Flower Mound today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Caring for Children Foundation, Care Van will host a free flu clinic from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Forrestwood Middle School, 2810 Morris Road in Flower Mound, a press release said.

The clinic is for children between the ages of 6 months to 18 years of age.

A child is eligible for this free vaccine if he/she is an American Indian, Alaskan Native, has Medicaid, has no insurance or has insurance that does not cover vaccine.

The Caring for Children Foundation of Texas’ Care Van program is a nonprofit dedicated to providing access to immunizations for uninsured and medically underserved Texas children and promoting health, nutrition and exercise education, as well as other health-related services. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Inc. has been the statewide sponsor for the Caring for Children Foundation for more than 14 years, covering all administrative costs for the foundation, a press release said.

For more information contact Lynda Shirley with the Caring for Children Foundation of Texas at 1-800-258-5437 ext. 4 or e-mail Lynda_Shirley@bcbstx.com.

Kohl’s Denton hosting hiring fair beginning Jan. 12

Kohl’s Department Stores will be hosting a job fair beginning Saturday, Jan. 12 through Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2900 W. University Drive to fill approximately 105 positions, a news release said.

Kohl’s will be opening its Denton store at 2620 W. University Drive in March.

Among the job positions, Kohl’s is looking for register operators, department associates, customer service associates, early a.m. freight unloaders and evening ad set associates. Kohl’s associates receive competitive compensation, benefits and immediate merchandise discounts, the release said.

Job fairs dates and times are listed below:
Saturday, Jan. 12 – 10:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 13 – 10:45 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 14 – 11:45 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan.  15 – 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan.  16 – 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Interested applicants need to visit www.kohlscareers.com or call 877-639-5645 to schedule an interview and obtain additional information regarding times and location.

Free Chiropractic Care Day Wednesday at two Affordable Chiropractic locations

In appreciation to Denton friends and families, Affordable Chiropractic, will host a Free Chiropractic Care Day, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, 2201 South I-35 E.

The service is for new patients and established patients, a press release said.

Affordable Chiropractic is located inside the Golden Triangle Mall next to JC Penney.

The free day will also be held at their second location at the Denton Square at Teasley and I-35 next to Brookshire grocery store.

The free day will be available on a first come first served basis.

For more information, visit http://dentonchiroclinic.com.